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Moves on the Path Towards Sustainable Urban Mobility
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Energy, Environmental and Building Technology.
1997 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this paper is to present some ideas on how a sustainable urban transportation system might be realised, aiming at a realisation without major loss of transportation capacity and personal mobility in comparison with the present car-based system. Along the road, it also looks at what characterises such a system.

In a sustainability perspective, it is not enough to consider only the tech-nical and physical aspects of a transportation systemsustainability has also social, economic, etc. dimensions. Thus, the paper compares the performance of different transportation systems in terms of some of the economic and social aspects. Here, a key point is that comparisons between different urban transport system must differentiate between different social groups. For example, the group of car users will have some particular disadvantages when they have to switch to another mode of transport for part of their mobility. Other groups may achieve large improvements in their personal mobility.

The presentation pays particular attention to the use of a personal rapid transit system. The key features and technical characteristics of such a system will be presented. An outline is given of an implementation study being performed for the city of Leipzig, Germany, as a back-casting scenario futures study.

Sustainability is closely associated with the issues of efficiency and sufficiency of natural resource use. Some essential aspects of this use can be described in terms of energy and material use. Therefore, some results of comparative studies of the energy and material balances of different urban transit systems are presented. These studies show that a personal rapid transit system can perform very well in this respect and thus is a strong alternative for sustainable cities.

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Energy Systems
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Environmental and Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21611OAI: diva2:595285
Presented at the International Conference on Urban Ecology, Leipzig Germany, 1997
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